Cafe Art Partners
Have you heard the expression “It takes a village to raise a child”?
Cafe Art wouldn't be where it is today without the help and support of so many of people and organisations over the years.
The homeless charities including 240 Project, ARTfitzrovia, C4WS Homeless Project, Crisis, Holy Cross Centre Trust, Margins, Pritchard’s Road Day Centre, Providence Row, One Support, SANktUS, SHP, St Mungo’s Broadway, The Connection at St Martin-in-the-Fields, The Pavement Magazine, The Pilion Trust and Thames Reach let us connect with the people affected by homelessness.
Homeless Link, the umbrella organisation for UK homelessness-sector organisations, endorses us.
The Royal Photographic Society provides volunteers and contacts in other countries, including Ronaldo Aguiar, an RPS member in São Paulo, who helped with all aspects of the MinhaSão Paulo calendar project there in November 2015. In London the local group members are key volunteers on the camera handout day in July.
Cafe Art is based in the Qbic Hotel, 42 Adler Street, London. Since November 2014 we have have paintings and photographs stored in their basement and they have a permanent exhibition of MyLondon photographs in the hotel.
The old diorama Arts centre has provided us with exhibition spaces including the past two years of our international art exchange "This is Where I Live". Additionally, they have given several of our artists a artists residence and solo show.
FujiFilm UK has been a massive support over the years, each year they very kindly donate 100 disposable cameras to our project. they also help with the printing of signage for our MyLondon exhibtions.
This year Fuji put us in contact with the wonderful Jessops, who now print all the photos for the MyLondon project free of charge!
Carter Wong Design design the calendar for us at no charge. In November 2015 they designed the Cafe Art MinhaSao Paulo calendar for no charge and they are also helping us work on creating logos and branding for the partnering projects: MyManchester, MyNew Orleans and MyBudapest. Carter Wong Design also designed our Cafe Art logo which we are very proud of! Other famous logos they have created include the F1 logo and Walls ice-cream!
Pret a Manger provides refreshments for 100 MyLondon participants on the day, including drinks and snacks.
Christie’s provides a boardroom in central London to carry out the judging every July. We first met them in 2012 when Michael Wong approached them to hang an exhibition in their auction rooms - the artists were very happy to have their art hanging on the same walls as Picasso, Monet and many more famous artists!
Support Professionals LTD have been a generous donor to us as well avid supporter of the MyLondon calendar.
Last year our RPS photographic mentoring was the awarded the Santander Discovery award worth £5,000!
The Cafe Art 'Art in Cafes project' received it first lot of funding in Cafe Art's history from the East End Foundation to help with the cost of framing artworks!
To assist with the cost of hosting the public vote of the 2019 MyLondon top 20 images, Tower Hamlets Council have donated £1,250 toward our event!
Cafe Art are happy to announce that we were awarded a grant to help pay for the salary of our Development Manager, to help further Cafe Arts impact and development within London and internationally.
Exciting developments are happening and all thanks to the support of Oath in getting our pilot fine arts mentoring group kick-started.
The money will go towards a formally homeless artist to become our newest member of staff/mentor. She will give one one one support as well signpost artists to get them into arts education and employment. Watch this space...
Thank you to the following companies who also support the MyLondon project Allen & Overy, Atlantis Art Materials, Borough Market, Citibank Group, Christie’s, freshart New York, HomeGround Melbourne, The London Photo Festival, Orzo Coffee, People’s Palace Projects, PopUp Painting, PwC, St James’s Church Piccadilly Market, Snappy Snaps Muswell Hill, Southwark Cathedral, Streetwise Opera and With One Voice.
Volunteers work on this project giving hours of their time – of course it would not be possible without them. Many volunteers are people who have participated in the programmes. The following are some of the activities done with the help of our unpaid volunteers:
hanging and swapping of artwork in the cafes and pop-up exhibitions
helping the camera handout in July
the exhibition selection panel
helping the participants select their 5 photos for the exhibition
helping the public vote week in August
editing and proofreading the exhibition captions and the MyLondon calendar
helping participants sell the calendar in the market
mentoring the photography group